Multiple people were killed and dozens of boats were destroyed in an early morning blaze Monday in Alabama, the authorities said.
The fire broke out just before 1 a.m. Monday at Jackson County Park in Scottsboro, said Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. The park has a walking trail, boat ramps, and fishing and swimming docks on the Tennessee River.
He said that several people were rescued from the water. About seven people were taken to Highlands Medical Center in Scottsboro, where they were being treated for minor burns and exposure to the cold water, Chief Deputy Harnen said.
“We have confirmed multiple fatalities,” he said. “We do not have a number at this point.”
He added, “We still have several unaccounted for.”
He said that the officers were looking for people by calling a list of boat slip owners registered to the dock. Divers were also searching for people.
The roof of the dock collapsed on the boats, a mix of house boats, pontoons and smaller water craft, Chief Deputy Harnen said. It was not clear what caused the fire, which was being investigated by the State of Alabama Fire Marshals Office and the Scottsboro Fire Department, he said.
Several agencies, including the Scottsboro Fire Department, the Scottsboro Police Department and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, were on the scene, along with volunteers.
The Jackson County Emergency Management Agency said on Twitter that the public should avoid all land and water areas around Jackson County Park.
Scottsboro, which has about 14,400 residents, is about 40 miles east of Huntsville.
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